• Short Summary

    GEMINI EIGHT LANDED IN THE PACIFIC ON THURSDAY AFTER ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST ANXIOUS MOMENTS IN SPACE SO FAR.

  • Description

    GEMINI EIGHT LANDED IN THE PACIFIC ON THURSDAY AFTER ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST ANXIOUS MOMENTS IN SPACE SO FAR. THE GEMINI CRAFT - SCHEDULED TO STAY IN SPACE FOR THREE DAYS - WAS BROUGHT DOWN AFTER ONLY ELEVEN HOURS WHEN IT, AND THE AGENA ROCKET CONNECTED TO IT IN THE DOCKING OPERATION, BEGAN TO ROLL DANGEROUSLY. THE ASTRONAUTS MADE A NEAR-PERFECT LANDING IN THE PACIFIC - BUT BOTH WERE WELL AND TRULY SEASICK BY THE TIME THEY WERE PICKED UP BY RECOVERY HELICOPTERS. THE TWO SPACEMEN, NEIL ARMSTRONG AND DAVID SCOTT, WERE TAKEN TO OKINAWA ABOARD THE RECOVERY DESTROYER, "U.S.S. LEONARD F. MASON".

    WHEN THE RECOVERY DESTROYER BERTHED AT OKINAWA ONLY A SMALL CROWD WAS WAITING ON THE DOCKSIDE TO GREET THE ASTRONAUTS. THE WEATHER WAS WET AND COLD. DESPITE THIS AN ARMY BAND GAVE A VIGOROUS RENDERING OF "THE STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER" AND A FIREBOAT JETTED COLUMNS OF WATER INTO THE AIR AS THE ASTRONAUTS, WEARING SKYBLUE SPACESUITS, WAVED DOWN FROM THE BRIDGE.

    ON THE AFT DECK, SECURELY FASTENED, WAS THE GEMINI EIGHT SPACE VEHICLE.

    NEWSMEN WERE TOLD THAT THE ASTRONAUTS WERE IN EXCELLENT HEALTH AND HAD EATEN WELL ABOARD THE DESTROYER. THEY COMPLAINED HOWEVER THAT THE SPACECRAFT WAS A "LOUSY SEABOAT". DURING THEIR THREE-HOUR WAIT ON THE WAVE-LASHED PACIFIC THEY BOTH BECAME VERY SEASICK.

    BOTH ASTRONAUTS ARE NOW (SATURDAY) BACK AT CAPE KENNEDY - AND INVESTIGATIONS ARE GOING ON TO FIND OUT JUST WHY THE SPACECRAFT SUDDENLY BECAME UNMANAGEABLE DURING IT SEVENTH ORBIT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2MQ9NG5ZYRJBYC0ZCQCFM2RK
    Media URN:
    VLVA2MQ9NG5ZYRJBYC0ZCQCFM2RK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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